A group of former diplomats sent a letter to Congress on Monday morning, urging members of both chambers not to reject the Obama administration’s controversial Iran deal.
The letter, signed by former undersecretaries of state and former American ambassadors to Israel, states that the group has determined the deal, “will leave Iran no legitimate avenue to produce a nuclear weapon during the next 10 to 15 years.”
The signees included five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel: James Cunningham, William Harrop, Edward S. Walker Jr., Thomas Pickering and Daniel Kurtzer. Also on the list are former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and Ambassador to NATO R. Nicholas Burns and former Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Frank G. Wisner.
The Iran deal, which has drawn the criticism of some lawmakers, allows certain sanctions to be lifted on Iran in exchange for the curtailment of nuclear arms research. The international agreement is designed to prevent Iran from being able to build a nuclear bomb; its opponents claim it will not do that.